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by Chuck Taylor

Insane, witty, hilarious, ironical, sincere, grumpy, and original, Chuck Taylor brings together in Magical, Fantastical, Alphabetical Soup the alpha and omega of existence in a series of mini-fictions, prose poems, and rants written to challenge and delight the reader.

CHUCK TAYLOR’s most recent books have been memoirs, Saving Sebastian: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Drug Abuse and The One True Cat: A Life with Cats. Taylor has worked as a balloon clown, soft water salesman, janitor, laundry worker, survey taker, children’s magician, animal lab assistant, nursery school teacher, bookseller, and publisher. Currently he operates the independent literary press, Slough, and teaches creative writing, Beat Literature, and American Nature Writing at Texas A&M. He has worked as a Poet-in-the-Schools and as a CETA Poet-in-Residence for Salt Lake City. Chuck has written two novels and three books of short stories. His book of poems, What Do You Want, Blood? won the Austin Book Award. He is married to Takako Saito Taylor and has three children.


Magical, Fantastical, Alphabetical Soup is just what its name implies, a tour through multiplicities of the human heart, a deconstructive exploration of the interpretive mind, a clever philosophical clutch at the divine sweetness of the human soul waiting beneath the exterior. Barbra Streisand sings of ‘animal crackers’ in her soup, but this book, with too long a title to repeat here, may begin with a man’s most closely guarded secret, ‘the man has a toupee.’ Bon appétit!”—CONNIE WILLIAMS, author of Dancing Backwards in Texas

“Chuck Taylor’s Magical, Fantastical, Alphabetical Soup is the best book of prose I have ever read! It is part philosophy, part flash memoir, and everything prose poetry is supposed to be. This is an important book that creates an entertaining alphabetical narrative that reads like a novel. Get this book! You won’t regret it.”—DR. CHRISTOPHER CARMONA, author of Beat, UT/Brownsville


August 5, 2013 A Word’s Worth Review: Youth, love, war, nature, Taylor covers both the surreal and ordinary, the social and political landscapes of American life, probing spiritual and moral concerns with irony, poetic skill, and philosophical insight.
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